Reserve a Time in Tacoma's Tinkerspace! call 253-778-6539
|Usage||Cost||Launch Window||Buy Time|
|Individual Building Tinker Time!
Designed for Ages 6 and up
|$10.00 (plus tax)
material upgrades available
|Tuesday - Saturday
Session One 12-1:30pm;
Session Two 3-4:30pm;
(call 253-778-6539 to reserve time)
|Helper Supervisor/Observer Grown-up||$5.00 (plus tax)||see above||90 min|
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ): Grand Reopening Updates...
Howdy Folks! We are super excited to get back to making stuff in our on-site Tinkerspace! Currently, our goal is to open the doors after June 30th 2021. However, gone are the days when you can just drop in during an open session. We listened to families and how confusing and heartbreaking it was to arrive for tinkering only to be turned away because we were so busy and there weren’t any spots left. We listened when families suggested reserved times to guarantee access. We are in the process of designing a system to help navigate planning your visit for safety and creativity. This is all so new to us, but our gut is telling us it’s about time.
So, here are a few things we have given a great deal of thought about…
Reserve Your Time, call 253-778-6539Time slots are still 90 minutes long. Reservations can be made by calling for availability. We will be booking spots recommended Two (2) weeks in advance. SAVE TIME BY getting started filling out your required waiver/release form now!
New Pricing: TinkerSpace! Craft Activity Room User FeesTinkerspace pricing has changed. To visit the Tinkerspace, there is a $5.00 base visitor fee regardless if you are tinkering or not. A $5.00 material fee is charged for all those who will be walking out with creations (so $5+$5=$10). The option to upgrade this material fee is available if you wish to preshop in the store and fill a bulk bag before your reserved tinker-session.
Smaller TinkerspaceWe shrunk our space considerably during the pandemic to allow for more retail purchasing. This means we will only be offering very small groups to ensure visitors are having a comfortable time and not too much crowding. NO MORE FRENZIES AROUND THE GLUE GUN STATION!! YAY!
No More Private Tinker-Birthday Parties :-(Gah! No more parties? No more parties. Here is what we suggest instead… you can invite a few friends (maybe 5 or 6) to hang out and tinker together then head down the street to Hello Cupcake for a treat or visit one of the other great dining establishments for lunch. We are saying no to hosting events with food etc.
Book a Private Workshop, YOU CAN!Small themed workshops are a nice alternative to birthday parties too. We are currently compiling a list of all the fun workshops we have hosted in the past and are ready to meet your tinkering needs, just ask!
School + Camp Field TripsLarge mega field trips are on hold for now. We are not able to accommodate visits from organizations with numerous attendees.
Retail Art Supply Shopping is Active!Our on-site retail space is bigger and better and open for business! The entry fees above are attached to our craft room, not the shopping area. Have you seen our new ONLINE Tinkertopia Store Catalog? Pick ups available!
Parking...90min City Street parking is available out front the shop. You will need to pay at the parking kiosk. You can also park across the street at the Washington State History Museum CHEAP and for longer max times! Also, you can find the same deal on the UW Tacoma campus parking lots up the hill behind the shop. Also also, we are lucky to be directly on transit hub if you wanna ride the LINK or BUS. HECK, there is even a marina very close if you have a boat!
This is a learning experience for us as well as we figure out what works best, but we hope things will go smoothly and we can plan to make tinkering a thing once again.
TINKER-MATERIAL UPGRADES: Get an extra Bulk Bag of supplies for tinkering!
We collect surprising materials offering them for creative reuse as discount ALTERNATIVE arts and craft supplies! While Rare/Ancient items are individually priced, most materials are sorted and sold in... BULK BY BAG SIZE (plus sales tax)! Choose from 3 different bag girths:
EXAMPLE CREATIONS from the minds of our Tinker Cadets...
BONUS RESOURCES: Arranged in an all-you-can-use saladbar of materials and expertly curated by Tinkertopia staff! Die Cut Machine Press + Card Stock; Hot Glue Guns + Sticks; Cordless Drill; Screw Gun; Paper Chopper; Pop Riveter; Reference Library; Tinker Examples; Fabric; Wood; Paper; Craft Wire; Stickers+Tape; Sharpie Markers; ___________ ? The only limitation is your imagination!
Tag us in your Tinker Creation Picture #tinkertopia; #tinkerbuilt SEE ALSO: Tinkerspace Photostream!